At the moment the Methodist Centre is closed and so earlier this week we at Befrienders contacted the agencies who normally refer clients to us for food parcels to us not to do so for the time being. Thankfully we are not the only organisation providing food in the City Centre. 

At this time many people are asking how they can help. I’d ask that you do continue to put aside food items or send money gifts (cheques payable to Befrienders sent to the Centre) which can be used when we get back to normal.

Or, if you’d like to set up a monthly standing order (each food parcel costs around £7) I can provide bank details.

NB it might be wiser to send money so that we aren’t taking goods from the supermarket shelves at this time.

We anticipate a high demand when Befrienders/foodbank restarts.

Thank you for your continued support. Without it the team couldn’t do what we do. God Bless, Deacon Pru. 

Befrienders is a project of the Manchester Circuit and operates from the Centre in Oldham Street. The café is run by volunteers from around the circuit on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 2-4pm.

We offer a place for people to meet and chat, free tea, coffee and biscuits, the opportunity for one-to-one conversations and prayer for those who would like it.

We operate a food bank on these afternoons. Normally we ask for a referral letter from our partner agencies (for example the Booth Centre, Mustard Tree, Migrant Support) but can offer emergency food parcels if required.

We are grateful for the churches around the Manchester Circuit and beyond who are generous with gifts of food and money to enable this project to flourish. 

For more information, contact Deacon Pru.


 While we have a great team, we are always keen to welcome more volunteers by …

·             Being a listening ear

·             Collecting and transporting food collections to the Centre

·             Prayer – holding our Monday and Wednesday sessions in prayer

         (this can be done from home!)

·             Praying in the chapel with those who ask for prayer

NB it isn’t essential to commit to every week; we’d just love to be able to use your gifts and any time you can offer.


Food parcels are issued on Monday and Wednesday afternoons 2-4pm when the Befrienders café is open. In order to be able to respond we are grateful for food donations of items listed.

·             Cereals

·             Milk (litre, long-life)

·             Baked beans

·             Hot dogs

·             Soup, either tinned or instant

·             Dried pasta

·             Instant mashed potato

·             Sauce for pasta

·             Flavoured rice

·             Tinned fish or meat

·             Tinned Fruit

·             Tea bags, coffee, sugar

If you would like Deacon Pru to talk to your congregation or fellowship group please call 0161 682 8805 or email



Befrienders, Methodist Central Buildings, Oldham Street M1 1JQ

0161 278 6795

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